TV Review: Call The Midwife (Series 7)
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Call The Midwife is well known for being a show that packs an emotional punch and this year was absolutely no exception. From Trixie's ongoing battle with alcoholism, to various mothers with serious health issues and a heartwrenching storyline involving Barbara, you will absolutely need a massive pack of tissues on hand while watching this season. This season feels very much like a changing of the guard, with Trixie gone most of the season due to actress Helen George's pregnancy and Barbara (Charlotte Ritchie) only appearing in the last few episodes. It therefore falls to Valerie (Jennifer Kirby), Phyllis (Linda Bassett) and new midwife Lucille (Leonie Elliott) to take up most of the midwifery duties this season. The beauty of this show is that all of the cast members are so talented, so whilst of course, I missed Trixie and Barbara while they weren't there, the show doesn't suffer for it. New midwife Lucille (Leonie Elliott) is an excellent addition to the cast; she fits in so well that it feels like she has been there for years and having her on the show adds an exciting new dynamic to the cast. She and Valerie play off each other very well, and their scenes together were definitely highlights of the new series. An especially notable moment being when they ran a sexual health clinic in episode six: Valerie's frankness and Lucille's uncomfortableness made for a hilarious combination. I hope Lucille is around for several years to come because she is just wonderful.
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